PGE vetoes St. Helens coal terminal proposal

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland General Electric has vetoed an initial proposal for a coal export terminal at the Port of St. Helens.

The utility says coal dust could foul two natural gas-powered plants nearby.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/c3zCWW) PGE has veto power over industrial park land near where Kinder Morgan wants to build the terminal.

Kinder Morgan spokesman Alan More says the company is studying options and would minimize coal dust with a sprinkler system.

The terminal is one of a half-dozen proposals in the Northwest for ports to export Montana and Wyoming coal to Asia. All the proposals are opposed by environmentalists.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com